Software engineers and designers

Software engineers and designers

NOC
2173

Research, design, evaluate, integrate and maintain software applications, technical environments, operating systems, embedded software, information warehouses and telecommunications software.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

28
 

Median Hourly Wage

$36.78
$27.40
Low
$58.00
High

Median Salary

$81,032
 

Typically Required

University

Employed

466
 

% Working Full Time

96%
 

% Working Full Year

79%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Software engineers and designers research, design, evaluate, integrate and maintain software applications, technical environments, operating systems, embedded software, information warehouses and telecommunications software. They are employed in information technology consulting firms, information technology research and development firms, and information technology units throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.

Main Duties

Software engineers and designers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Collect and document users' requirements and develop logical and physical specifications
  • Research, evaluate and synthesize technical information to design, develop and test computer-based systems including mobile applications
  • Develop data, process and network models to optimize architecture and to evaluate the performance and reliability of designs
  • Plan, design and co-ordinate the development, installation, integration and operation of computer-based systems including mobile applications
  • Assess, test, troubleshoot, document, upgrade and develop maintenance procedures for operating systems, communications environments and applications software
  • May lead and co-ordinate teams of information systems professionals in the development of software and integrated information systems, process control software and other embedded software control systems.

Also Known As

  • application architect
  • computer software engineer
  • embedded software engineer
  • software architect
  • software design engineer
  • software design verification engineer
  • software designer
  • software testing engineer
  • systems integration engineer - software
  • technical architect - software
  • telecommunications software engineer
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree, usually in computer science, computer systems engineering, software engineering or mathematics or Completion of a college program in computer science is usually required.
  • A master's or doctoral degree in a related discipline may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
  • Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering, and passing a professional practice examination.
  • Experience as a computer programmer is usually required.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

11.0%
Female
89.0%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

5.4%
15-24
31.2%
25-34
37.6%
35-44
20.4%
45-54
5.4%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
9.7%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
0.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
20.4%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
69.9%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

33.7%
Professional, scientific and technical services
18.5%
Wholesale trade
13.0%
Information and cultural industries
34.8%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

2.20%
Northeast
31.20%
Southeast
23.70%
Southwest
40.90%
Central
2.20%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

N/A
Northeast
$77,645
Southeast
$76,121
Southwest
$83,912
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available

Southeast

$36.78
$27.40
Low
$58.00
High

Southwest

$36.78
$27.40
Low
$58.00
High

Central

$36.78
$27.88
Low
$58.00
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$81,032

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$84,286

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$81,032

Newfoundland

$65,709

Prince Edward Island

$81,052

Nova Scotia

$71,207

Canada

$84,606
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

28
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

27
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

92
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-7
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

98